Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Flowers and leather
I’m still happily trying my way through my perfume samples. Unhappily, at least for my wallet, I find new perfumes I want to sample too, so my wish list never seems to grow shorter.
Cyprus Musc from Creed, 1948 I don’t know how I managed to buy this one, as it’s a men’s perfume. The Perfumed Court describes it as “green and musky fragrance with notes of English mint and cypress” and I think that describes it very well. It’s not overtly masculine and could easily be worn by a woman. I liked it, but my darling dismissed it as “expensive soap”.
Fracas from Piguet, 1948 Top notes: Bergamot, mandarin, hyacinth, green notes
Heart notes: Tuberose, jasmine, orange blossom, lily of the valley, white iris, violet, jonquil, carnation, coriander, peach, osmanthus, pink geranium
Base notes: Musk, cedar, oak moss, sandalwood, orris, vetiver, tolu balsam
I’ve read many glowing reviews on this perfume but on me I can only smell a generic flower perfume and I tried it twice just to make sure. But I’m really not a flowers gal, which I guess was proved when I tried;
Joy from Patou, 1930 Top Notes: Aldehydes, peach, leafy green
Heart notes: Rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, tuberose
Base Notes: sandalwood, musk, civet
This very famous rose scent really lives up to its name. Without a doubt it’s the nicest rose-smelling perfume I have ever encountered. Rounded, well-balance and very, very nice. And so not me. I just don’t like wearing perfume were rose is the main attraction. I would love to smell it on someone else, though.
One of my scent surprises when I started this foray into vintage perfume, has been the leather notes. It’s something that I have always connected with men’s perfume and on the few occasions I have tried modern perfumes with leather not, I haven’t liked them on me at all. However, leather notes in vintage perfumes works really well on me. I wonder why.
Bandit from Piquet, 1944 Top notes: Artemisia, bergamot, gardenia, aldehydes,
Heart notes: Jasmine, orris, rose, carnation
Base notes: Castoreum, patchouli, vetiver, myrrh, oak moss, amber, civet
First time I tried this one I just got a very strong flowery feel from it. Very strong and very acrid and not appealing at all. But I felt persistent and tried it again. Lo and behold, this time I just got the most wonderful leather scent. I can’t really detect any notes in it, but yes, there are flowers there, but now in the background, kindly providing a feminine context to the leather. It’s definitely a sexy scent, but not the ordinary kind of perfume sexy.